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    Pat-O - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Red Brownish Algae

    Red orangish maybe even a rusty brown colored stuff started growing on my live rock. Im guessing its a type of algae. Im not exactly sure, but I set my lights timer because i went to see family on the west side of the state and when I came back the next day the stuff was on the glass substrate and circulation pump. Anyone have any idea what this stuff is and if its healthy?

    Looking around my guess is its because I didn't use RO water to start my tank up. I haven't bought a unit yet but i plan to soon. I'm looking for any options to help the tank now.

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    Diatoms maybe? Does it look like this?......

    1033 diatom4 - Red Brownish Algae

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    Similar but I would say worse and maybe more orange colored ill try to get a pic.

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    Not sure if I got a good Pic
    DSC00113 - Red Brownish Algae

    DSC00114 1 - Red Brownish Algae
    Need To Clean my Glass

    ---------- Post added at 05:58 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:57 PM ----------

    The pieces with none on them are brand new.

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    Kinda Looks like Dinoflagellates to me (going by the bubbles). More often than not an excess of nitrates and/or phosphates is the problem. A few things I have done in the past to control outbreaks

    • Carbon as a scrubber can help, run actively or passively. I recommend almost everyone use carbon in there sump; run passively at least and changed at regular intervals. It improves water clarity as well as quality.
    • Raised pH can eliminate the problem but perhaps only short term without other issues being addressed.
    • A refugium, if space allows, can go a long way in counteracting dino's as well as many other BAB's that are commonly discussed.
    • Nitrate sponges or some other NO3 remover can be affective.
    • Granular Ferric Oxide (GFO) can be used (with caution) to remove phosphates

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    how long has this been set up cause it looks like normal algae from cycling a tank
    should go from brown to green and then u no your tank is ready if this is a new set up nothing to worry about i would add a small amount of mb7 to help the cycle along
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    Its been running for about three weeks. I've been using biozyme and nutrafin cycle to help the cycle going, I hope it means the cycle is getting along I would love for this tank to be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat-O View Post
    Its been running for about three weeks. I've been using biozyme and nutrafin cycle to help the cycle going, I hope it means the cycle is getting along I would love for this tank to be done.
    yea its a good sign like i said will go to green algea before its done
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    On the little middle not brownish colored piece in the middle of the two larger rocks in the first picture we just discovered some what looks like coral very small but cool looking a couple stems and on each stem little fingers that are like a almost neon green.

    Is this common?

    My Girl picked the piece out because it had a lot of purple on it lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabidgoose View Post
    Kinda Looks like Dinoflagellates to me (going by the bubbles). More often than not an excess of nitrates and/or phosphates is the problem. A few things I have done in the past to control outbreaks

    • Carbon as a scrubber can help, run actively or passively. I recommend almost everyone use carbon in there sump; run passively at least and changed at regular intervals. It improves water clarity as well as quality.
    • Raised pH can eliminate the problem but perhaps only short term without other issues being addressed.
    • A refugium, if space allows, can go a long way in counteracting dino's as well as many other BAB's that are commonly discussed.
    • Nitrate sponges or some other NO3 remover can be affective.
    • Granular Ferric Oxide (GFO) can be used (with caution) to remove phosphates
    Most of the algae is turning green now which I am very happy about but the piece with the bubbles has gotten a little worse and seems to have some pieces stringing now. Not sure if its the stuff your talking about but do you think I should actively treat for it. I already have carbon in my filter and I am currently raising a low ph.

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